Belated Birthday with Bokeh Background


Hello friends! I’ve created a simple card using a combination of 2 Pawsome Stamps stamp sets recently released in March: Oopsy Daisy and Little Lady.

To create this card I stamped out 1 ladybug, 2 flowers, 1 leaf, and 4 of the curved stems. Then I colored all the images using a mix of Copics and Ohuhus and fussy cut them out. 2 stems were connected together to become a longer stem for each flower.

I also heat embossed a sentiment in white on black cardstock from Oopsy Daisy and cut that out as well.

For the background I wanted to create a bokeh effect that looked like there was a lot of moody greenery. This was the first time I tried to create a bokeh background and I really like how it turned out! I did it by ink blending distress oxides in Evergreen Bough, Pine Needles, and Black Soot leaving the center area lighter and the edges darker. Exactly the same way I made the background for my card using Pawsome Stamp’s Deck the Halls stamp set. 

After allowing it to dry, I used a small round finger blending sponge and twisted it on the page to create a sharp edged circle then blended it out into larger various sized circles - a couple in Cracked Pistachio distress oxide and a few in white VersaColor pigment ink. Then I repeated this process of twisting the sponge to make sharp edge circles, but this time I gently blended the edges to soften them and kept the circles the same size. I made sure there wasn’t too much ink so the circles were still transparent and also overlapped them to give them dimension.

The background was then trimmed down to leave a 1/8 inch gap after being propped up on the Neenah Desert Storm A2 card front. And at last, all the images were propped up to create more dimension.

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you like my card! Visit the Pawsome Stamps Store for more amazing products. And for more inspiration, visit us on Instagram: @pawsomestamps @stefkloh


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